Patricia A. Pérez, PhD

Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Associate Dean for Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
California State University, Fullerton

Patricia A. Pérez, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Chicanx/a/o Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Pérez' research interests focus on U.S. higher education inequities with an emphasis on students and faculty of color. She is the editor or co-editor of “The Tenure Track Process for Chicana and Latina Faculty: Experiences of Resisting and Persisting in the Academy,” “Facilitating Educational Success for Migrant Farmworker Students in the U.S.,” and “Higher Education Access and Choice for Latino Students: Critical Findings and Theoretical Perspectives,” published by Routledge in 2019, 2017 and 2015, respectively. She is the recipient of several awards including recognition for exceptional teaching, service, scholarship, and honors for outstanding mentorship. She is the recipient of the 2008 AAHHE/ETS Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Dr. Pérez received an MA and PhD from the UCLA GSE&IS in Higher Education and Organizational Change. She also holds an Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA.

Born and raised in Santa Paula, California, Dr. Pérez is a first-generation college student with family roots in southern Arizona, Guanajuato and Sonora, Mexico.